Doug Plummer | Still & Motion

Doug Plummer | Still & Motion

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1 employee
37 years in business

About this pro

I have over 30 years as a professional photographer specializing in location/documentary style work for corporate and institutional clients nationwide. When I teach I am less interested in the technical details of which buttons or setting to use, but instead, the fundamental question of how to see. How do you use a camera as a means to interact with the subject in front of you, and what do you need to know to achieve your intent?  I attend to the craft of imagemaking insofar as it furthers the goal of a fulfilling image. 

You can see my professional work at www.dougplummer.com. I also have a Tumbler blog of my daily photos, where I post a photo I took that day. I have not missed a day in 13 years. https://dougplummer.tumblr.com/

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Seattle, WA 98115
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I meet them where they are. I try to get to why photography is meaningful to them, and encourage a personal exploration to deepen that connection. We look at where your work is now, and we "workshop" the assignments that I give. I introduce technique only as it pertains to the need of the moment, but seeing is the more important piece. 


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been a professional photographer for over 30 years, but my background is in the fine arts. I bring a broader sensibility to the craft than just how to make a technically competent image. 


How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching at adult arts camps with a class titled "How To Take Photos That Don't Suck." I found that I really like helping people to use a camera as a means to deepen their connection with their surroundings, which to me is the whole point. Beginners are especially welcome, and there is no need to have an advanced camera. 


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

With any consultative relationship, chemistry is crucial. If the style doesn't match, keep looking. 


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

We all have a gap between what we intend and what we achieve, no matter how accomplished we are. If you're frustrated by that, you're in exactly where you ought to be. You will get guidance to narrow that gap, but the real goal is to discover your own solutions to that essential problem. A good teacher is going to meet you where you are. 


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